Lawmakers in the state of Maryland have passed a couple of laws which aim to improve safety on the roads. Starting October 1, drivers can be pulled over just for talking on their handheld phone. Previously, the matter was considered a secondary offense, meaning that a cellphone citation could only be assessed if the person was first pulled over for another violation. But in addition to that law, the Senate has passed a law set to go into effect at the same time which requires persons to utilize a seatbelt even if they’re positioned in the backseat of a vehicle. This law, however, will be enforced as a secondary offense. Previously, laws only addressed the necessity of keeping a child below the age of 8 in a safety seat in the back.
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